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Using luminosity masks to enhance light and mood of a landscape photograph.

How Luminosity Masks Enhance Light and Atmosphere

Luminosity masks are a powerful Photoshop technique used to make advanced selections based on the tonal value of an image. This makes it the perfect tool for enhancing the light and atmosphere of a landscape photograph...transforming a lackluster image into an extraordinary work of art that explodes with color, depth, ...
Luminosity Masks for Landscape Photography - The Ultimate Guide

Luminosity Masks for Landscape Photography: The Ultimate Guide

Luminosity masks are undoubtedly one of the most powerful (and popular) processing techniques in Photoshop, especially for landscape photographers. Being able to create completely customized selections based on the tones of your image will revolutionize your workflow. It's easy to see why many professional landscape photographers use these masks. They can enhance ...
Layers Tutorial - How to use the brush tool in Photoshop

Refining a Layer Mask with the Brush Tool

Using the brush tool with layer masks will create an incredibly versatile environment in Photoshop. It allows you to draw over the exact areas you want to apply an adjustment to...and since this is a non-destructive workflow, you can always alter your adjustment at any time by simply applying new ...

How Layer Masks Work in Photoshop

Layers are your control station for image processing in Photoshop. However, in order to unlock the full power of layers and reap the ultimate need to also use layer masks so you can tailor adjustments to the content of your image. In this comprehensive tutorial, I'll explain layer masks ...
Layers in Photoshop

Working with Layers in Photoshop: A Beginner’s Guide

Layers are a powerhouse tool in Photoshop, and one of the core strengths that this program has over Lightroom. However, the concept of layers can be difficult to I've put together this extensive (yet easy-to-follow) guide that explains what layers are and how they work to enhance your photographs. ...
Editing vs. processing in Lightroom and Photoshop

The Difference Between “Editing” and “Processing” in Photoshop

When I first began exploring the wondrous world of Photoshop, my "workflow" was a convoluted mess. Although I was learning different tools and techniques, steadily expanding my creative processing tool belt through my own trial and errors...each processing session became longer and more frustrating. Here's a typical scenario during my ...

Three Steps to Strengthening your Creative Workflow

Lightroom and Photoshop are supposed to be fun programs to use...and the first step to a simpler, more enjoyable darkroom workflow is to put in the work and learn exactly how they function. That's the plain and simple truth. However, it can be quite daunting to simply begin processing with ...
Why it's better to auto bracket a landscape when exposure blending

Why you Should Always Auto Bracket a Landscape for Exposure Blending

Have you ever photographed a beautiful landscape only to find that your images rarely represent the stunning scene you witnessed? Most likely, the amount of light you photographed was too much for your camera to reign in with just one shutter speed. Don't worry though...there's a very easy fix for this ...

The new creativeRAW website is now live!

I have some exciting news for creativeRAW members…. After an entire month of hard work, I’m happy to announce that the creativeRAW website is ready to go! Watch the video below to get a tour of this brand-new platform and check out some of the fantastic features I've added.
Christopher O'Donnell, Landscape Photographer and Educator
Christopher O'Donnell, Landscape Photographer and Educator

Welcome! I'm Chris O'Donnell.

I’ve been using Lightroom and Photoshop to process my photos for quite a few years now (PS since 2006, and LR came along a few years later). 

I don't tell you what you “should” or “should not” do. Instead, I pull the curtain back on my creative techniques and workflows, revealing my own perspective and experiences after 10+ years immersed in landscape photography – and leave it up to you on how this new knowledge should be used for enhancing YOUR Lightroom & Photoshop workflow.

The goal of my guides and courses is to get your creative gears grinding and provide you with the tools and knowledge to develop your own techniques – both in the digital darkroom and the field.

Not only is this more satisfying creatively, but sets you up for future success by relying on your own skills as a photographer.